Above: A view of Tokyo from the Ritz-Carlton.
Tokyo has been named the worldâ€™s number one city for three-star restaurants by the 2012 Michelin guide, released in Japan on November 29. This marks the fifth straight year the city has been so honored, cementing Tokyoâ€™s position as the destination of choice for food enthusiasts.
The gastronomic guide awarded the perfect score (three stars) to 16 more restaurants in the city, bringing the total to 32.
The three-star restaurants with â€śexceptional cuisine, worth a special journeyâ€ť include 14 that serve Japanese cuisine and two French restaurants. A newcomer sushi restaurant, Yoshitake, snatched the top ranking in its first listing, while Ryugin, which specializes in modern Japanese cuisine, was promoted from two to three stars.
Following closely behind, 52 restaurants with â€śexcellent cooking, worth a detourâ€ť received two stars and 179 won one star and the honor of being named â€śa very good restaurant in its category.â€ť The two-star winners include Moranbong, the first Korean restaurant in the world to achieve a Michelin rating.
The capital of Michelinâ€™s home country, Paris, came second on the tire companyâ€™s list with 10 three-star restaurants; however, the size of Japanâ€™s restaurant industry should help to explain the disparity. Tokyo boasts about 160,000 restaurants, Paris only 40,000.
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